I'm a bit of a squirrel racist. Since he was red, which is pretty rare, I didn't chase him off. Gray squirrels are more plentiful and pesty, and wouldn't have gotten such a warm welcome, including a few peanuts in the shell that we've been tossing out. He's pretty smart too and made himself a tunnel for easy and safe access to his food supply. After three days of 40 degree temperatures, it wasn't quite so convenient, but he wasn't deterred. With more snow falling right now, he'll have several more days of enjoying the all-you-can-eat buffet.